2 & 3 nights at the Star Arctic Hotel
My action packed break has everything you could wish for included in your holiday price. Husky-sled rides, reindeer sleigh rides and snowmobiles which parents can drive themselves, plus a Wilderness dinner and fantastic accommodation
After flying across the Arctic Circle you will be greeted at Ivalo Airport by my friendly helpers who are eagerly awaiting your arrival. One of my Sami friends and Reindeer will also be there to greet you, a great first photo opportunity, and maybe you will see one of my cheeky elves.
A short 25 minute coach transfer to the hotel and my helpers will join you on the coach and get you all excited with some festive songs to make the journey even quicker. Keep an eye out on the journey to see if you can spot more of my reindeer or elves in the woods close by.
Arrive at your beautiful accommodation, the Star Arctic and collect your thermal suits and equipment from the downstairs room at the hotel.
Spend some time settling into your accommodation & meet my helpful representatives who will give you all the information you need to have the complete Lapland Experience. For the rest of the afternoon you can play in the snow or perhaps try some tobogganing.
Your first evening starts with my Wilderness Dinner and Aurora Hunt by Huskies. It's a short coach ride to the Wilderness Centre for dinner in the lodge, some fun in the snow outside and an exciting husky ride. The children can enjoy the thrilling ride from the comfort of the sled whilst all the grownups have the opportunity to drive the husky sled themselves.
This hotel is in the ideal location to watch out for the Northern Lights due to its prime position at the top of the fell, far away from any light pollution and boasting some stunning views of Saariselkä below.
Day 2 - Not available on 2 night break
This extra day on my 4-day breaks only will normally be your second day, and gives you the chance to start building up the excitement, with your choice of my fantastic Optional Adventures.
Try a sensational daytime Snowmobile Safari, where parents take it in turns to drive the snowmobile and children will be towed in a special sled by the guide, or the evening snowmobile option, with my popular Northern Lights Adventure. Perhaps enjoy a few hours downhill skiing, or Saariselkä’s toboggan run. Animal lovers may prefer to go for an extra Reindeer Sleigh Ride – always a popular option with the children.
Once back at the Star Arctic enjoy your half board dinner with the excitement for tomorrow's Big Day mounting.
Day 3 - Day 2 on 2 night break
Search for Santa
With a host of great adventures awaiting you today, this is sure to be the most memorable day of your Lapland break. Wrap up warm and pack some snacks, you will be outside in the true wilderness of Lapland with some fantastic camera moments for the whole family. My helpers will pick you up and take you to my Arctic Circle Centre where you can enjoy all the following activities at some point during the day for the ultimate Christmas Adventure.
My Elves and Igloo Fantasia is hidden away in the woods and once there, join in the fun and games with my Elves in their Igloo Wonderland before visiting my Artistic Igloo and admiring the magnificent ice sculptures and maybe enjoying a drink in my ice bar.*
My Reindeer Centre is full of exciting reindeer based activities. Join in the fun and play some Crazy Reindeer Golf or try your hand at Reindeer Lasso. Feed one of my reindeer friends and find out what surprises are in store at my Special Reindeer Barn.
Take control of your own team of Husky Dogs who will be eagerly waiting to take you on an adrenaline fuelled ride racing through Lapland’s Winter Wonderland. All the grownups have the opportunity to drive the husky sled while the excitable children enjoy the thrilling ride from the comfort of the sled.
Lunch is also included, to ‘recharge your batteries’ for the afternoon. This will be a simple and warming 2-course meal, with plenty of hot berry juice, squash, tea and coffee also available.
A host of Snow and Ice Fun Activities are provided for you to enjoy, such as ice-fishing, snow-hockey, kick-sledding (a crazy Finnish cross between a scooter and a toboggan!), tandem skiing, mini-skidoo rides for the children, and my favourite – tobogganing.
See your children’s faces light up with wonder, as you fulfil your family’s Search for Santa, and meet me in an Exclusive Private Family Meeting in my hideaway log-cabin home, with my elves on hand to make you welcome and ensure there is magic in the air!
Refreshments are included too, and are available throughout the day, for those times when a few minutes warming up round a crackling log fire is welcomed.
Finally, back ‘home’ in your hotel, finish the day with your Star Arctic dinner while you re-live every unforgettable moment of your biggest ever Christmas adventure!
* local charge for drinks applies
Day 4 - Day 3 on 2 night break
Fun-time again, with the chance to thrill to another big adventure and high-octane thrills with my trip by snowmobile to my reindeer farm. Parents share a snowmobile with one driving and one riding pillion and children travel is a large sleigh behind the group leader.
Visit the farm, meet the reindeer and enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride before returning to the hotel by snowmobile.
My helpful team will collect you from your doorstep by coach for the short ride to the airport to catch your flight home, to a chorus of fond farewells!
£50 Grandparent Discount
This offer applies to bona fide grandparents travelling on the same booking (minimum 2 adults and 2 children) on all Santa’s Aurora trips.
* Due to the extent of the included activities this itinerary is not recommended to very small children.
The Santa's Star Arctic Hotel is located at the top of the fell in Saariselkä. This luxury hotel is in the perfect spot to view the Northern Lights from the comfort of your accommodation. All suites are duplex with a large glass window looking out over the main village. With high standard accommodation and modern elegance this hotel is
perfect for families who want to experience Lapland in style. You even have the option to stay in a Glass Cabin!
There is a main building with reception and restaurant, whilst all bedrooms are located just a short walk from the main building.
Public Sauna, with large glass windows
Superb location to view the Northern Lights and surrounding landscape
Use of toboggans (local charges may apply)
The hotel is situated approximately 1km from the main village, which can easily be reached by public transport. The toboggan run and viewing station for the Northern Lights are just minutes away.
Note: Maximum accommodation size is Family of 4. Larger families would need more than one accommodation, which would increase costs.
Type A Scenic View Suites, sleep 2-4 - Twin or double bed on the upper floor (and windows facing north for the Northern Lights) and a sofa-bed for up to 2 children on the lower floor (with a large window facing south). The lounge picture window overlooks the forest and Saariselkä in the distance.
Type B Glass Cabins, sleep 2-4 - Double bed and 2 small beds suitable for children under 13 that are located each side of the double and located under an innovative glass cabin for viewing the night sky and the Northern Lights.
Type C Scenic View Suites, sleep 4 - Large suites which include private sauna, small kitchenette with dining table and chairs, and twin beds and double sofa-bed. The large picture windows have fantastic views over the forest and the twinkling lights of Saariselkä in the distance. The sofa bed is larger than the type A rooms and can sleep 2 adults.
Located in the wild mystical north of Lapland, close to Russia and just a few hours from the Arctic Ocean, Saariselkä is an exceptionally friendly uncommercialised resort with a unique frontier atmosphere. With magnificent Arctic wilderness scenery just on the doorstep, it makes an ideal resort for an all-round winter wonderland adventure. The skies are often a deep hue of pink and purple, the pine trees heavily laden with snow, and being so far north there is a good possibility of seeing the Northern Lights too.